Rafflesia is a genus of parasitic flowering plants. It contains approximately 28 species, all found in southeastern Asia. The plant has no stems, leaves or true roots. The only part of the plant that can be seen outside the host vine is the five-petaled flower. In some species, such as Rafflesia arnoldii, the flower may be over 100 centimeters in diameter, and weigh up to 10 kilograms.
/> The flowers look and smell like rotting flesh, hence its local names which translate to "corpse flower" or "meat flower". The foul odor attracts insects such as flies, which transport pollen from male to female flowers. Most species have separate male and female flowers, but a few have hermaphroditic flowers. Little is known about seed dispersal. However, tree shrews and other forest mammals eat the fruits and disperse the seeds.
Weeks before this, I was planning to climb Mt. Damas in San Clemente Tarlac. I already approached some of my friends, who are also interested to climb that mountain. Then suddenly, I received a message from Memo asking me to join the event of Kae to Mt. Mabilog. "Sama ka Mt. Mabilog wala akong kainuman". I initially declined but, he insisted: "ayaw mo talaga ako makasama" pa tampo effect ang mokong... cge going na po!
Last March 2017, we were thrilled to hear of the news that Palawan cherry blossoms were found blooming in a quiet town in Negros Occidental.
After that, there were rafflesias, the largest flowers in the world.
And now, another rare flower species was discovered in Barangay Mansalanao of La Castellana, Negros Occidental.
Locally called as "ando," it is believed that this bizarre species is an elephant foot yam or whitespot giant arum with the scientific name Amorphophallus paeoniifolius.
The whitespot giant arum is a tuber crop that grows in tropical areas like Africa and Southeast ...
A mountainous spine extends through Panay Island for over 100 kilometers: the Central Panay Mountain Ranges (CPMR) straddles all four provinces of Panay Island and is also home to a number of threatened species.
The Forest and Climate Protection Panay Project established 3 Critical Habitats for the "Big 5" threatened species of Panay: the Visayan Writhed-hornbill (Rhabdotorrhinus waldeni), Rafflesia (Raflesia spp.), Visayan Warty Pig (Sus cebifrons), Visayan Spotted Deer (Cervus alfredi) and Panay Monitor Lizard (Varanus mabitang). This was accomplished by partner LGUs of Barbaza and Valder ...
A coffee farmer from Barangay Mansalanao found one of the largest flowers in the world in a protected area inside Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park.
Farmer Romulo Labrador said he first spotted the Rafflesia blooms - sometimes called a corpse flower because of its foul odor - in the area in 2014.
He did not know what it was until Tuesday, when he was with some representatives of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources who were surveying the area for a riverbank rehabilitation project.
"I did not know what it was. I told the DENR guy not to step on the flowers then he told me that t ...
Miag-ao is known for its historic landmarks. However, beyond these structures, the town hides some of the best yet affordable nature adventures in the province. Unknown to some, it holds stunning cascades and caves, a mysterious hidden lake, unique rock formations, and magnificent rice terraces.
Miag-ao is a town about 1.5 hours (by car) away from Iloilo City. It is a financial center in southern Iloilo having a total of five banks.
The Path to Uncover
We are on the track to discover this mysterious lake in the woods of Miag-ao. Danao sa Miag-ao known to the locals as Tinagong Dagat ...
The town of Calanasan in Apayao Province, Luzon is home to rare tropical rainforest giants.
Its forest leviathans include very old Dipterocarp "lawaan" trees, whose trunks can be as wide as the total width of twenty people huddled together under one huge umbrella trying to avoid the rains. These trees can be as tall as a 10-story building.
Within limestone forests, the forest floor can be ornamented by clusters of orange-colored, cream-warted Rafflesias which are considered to be the rarest and largest single flower of any plant in the world. Among its forest thickets, Giant "Cloud Rats" ...